Port Broughton aged home unveils $9 million upgrade

COURTYARD: Director of nursing Merrilyn Hewett, left, chats with Barrie and Robyn Dawes. The new wing can be seen in the background.
COURTYARD: Director of nursing Merrilyn Hewett, left, chats with Barrie and Robyn Dawes. The new wing can be seen in the background.

Barrie and Robyn Dawes were among the dozens of people who visited a new $9 million wing at Barunga Village aged home. Mr Dawes’ sister-in-law Eileen Dawes occupies a room that overlooked the construction site. “It has been a highlight for Eileen,” Mrs Dawes said.

Mr Dawes, 74, and Mrs Dawes, 69, may one day move into the village. They chatted with the home’s director of nursing, Merrilyn Hewett, in the courtyard of the development during the community tour.

Ms Hewett said it was important to keep residents as comfortable and socially connected as possible. “We have created a household model. Essentially, it is an eight-bedroom house. People can help run the house. They decide on the menu and activities and entertainment,” she said.

She said the development was stage 1A to be followed by stage 1B, comprising a single-storey house of eight facing the courtyard, in the next 12 months.

“We worked with our architects, but we knew our vision of care and they were great listeners,” she said.

The community tour was for residents living in the town and surrounding districts.

As one would expect, the new quarters are spotless and spacious. An elevator provides access to the upper level.

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